Duffus Castle & Church

[Duffus Castle]

Duffus is a perfectly rectangular village on the road between the county capital of Elgin and the coastal village of Hopeman on the Moray Firth. It's probably best known for the private boarding school of Gordonstoun, but its key draw for tourists is Duffus Castle. This has to be one of the most interesting castles in Scotland that's still free to visit, partially on a prominent motte but collapsing slowly (comically, even) down the hillside. Closer to the village, the roofless ruin of St Peter's Kirk is also worth a look, with a medieval mercat (market) cross in the graveyard.

[The motte]

Name: Duffus Castle ★☆☆
Description: Outstanding 12th century motte and bailey ruin, once belonging to the Moray family.
Location: Off minor road 2 miles south-east of Duffus village, G.R.: NJ 189672 / nosedive crackling fallen
Open: Always
Cost: Free

Name: St Peter's Kirk and Parish Cross ☆☆☆
Description: Place of worship since at least 1190, now a roofless ruin cared for by Historic Scotland.
Location: Minor road just to the east of Duffus village, G.R.: NJ 175687 / monks stencil owned
Open (2017): Always, but you need to pick up the key locally to access the church interior
Cost: Free

[Parts of the ruin still seem to be slipping down the slope from the motte]

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